Peabody — Mrs. Madith M. (Hodgkins) Hersey, 91, of Peabody, died Friday at home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late Daniel D. Hersey, Jr.
Madith was born in Gloucester; daughter of the late Horace E. and Ruth E. (Stanley) Hodgkins, Sr. She was a resident of Peabody for the past 6 years. She previously resided in Gloucester, Beverly, Middleton, Nottingham, N.H., and Cuba, Mo. Madith was a graduate of Gloucester High School and took Nursing Courses at Addison Gilbert Hospital.
She was the Assistant Deli Manager for the former Purity Supreme, where she worked for 17 years, retiring in 1986. She previously was an office worker for WG Browns Department Store in Gloucester.
She was a member of the Middleton Congregational Church. In Cuba she was involved with the Methodist Women’s Quilting Group, and attended the First Baptist Church of Cuba, Mo. She loved the ocean, quilting, gardening, cooking, bird watching, and in her younger days, she enjoyed shooting pistols and rifles. She also enjoyed watching the old westerns. Madith had a great sense of humor and had such a wonderful smile.
She is survived by her loving children, Bruce E. Hersey and his wife, Susan, of Middleton, Meryl Garuti and her husband, Richard, of Peabody, Wendy L. Davila of Cuba Mo., and Holly A. Benea and her husband, Richard, of Salem; also her brother, David E. Hodgkins and his wife, Marlene, of Gloucester; and her sisters-in-law, Carolyn Lawyer of New York and Maurene Hodgkins of Gloucester. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Robert W. Hersey and sister of the late Horace “Pete” Hodgkins, Jr. and Robert D. Hodgkins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Madith’s Memorial Service on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Middleton Congregational Church, 66 Maple St., Middleton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Madith’s memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online register book, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, MA 01904.